David Cassidy returned to series television in 2009 for a season of "Ruby & the Rockits" (ABC Family), in which his brother Patrick co-stars along with Alexa Vega ("Spy Kids"). It was almost four decades ago that Cassidy rose to stardom in another family show, "The Partridge Family," and became the biggest TV and performing phenomenon in history.
Hailing from a family of actors, mother Evelyn Ward and father Jack Cassidy, his fate as a performer was essentially seeded at a young age. It was by coincidence that he wound up starring with stepmother Shirley Jones in "The Partridge Family." When ABC cast Cassidy in the show, one of the most spectacular careers in the entertainment industry was launched. Before the end of 1970, the year the show premiered, David had the #1 selling single of the year and record of the year, garnered multiple Grammy nominations and won a Golden Apple Award.
Those were only the first of many records Cassidy broke in his career. He became the first personality to be merchandised globally. His likeness appeared on everything from posters to lunch boxes, comic books, toys, cereal boxes and almost anything else imaginable. His concerts sold out in the largest arenas and stadiums in the world, which led him to be the world's highest paid performer by the age of 21. He broke box office records around the globe. To date, his records have sold well over 30 million copies worldwide and have been recognized with over 24 gold and platinum recordings, including four consecutive multi-platinum LPs. Cassidy was responsible for seven chart-topping Partridge Family singles including "I Think I Love You," the best-selling record of 1971. As a solo artist, Cassidy has had hit singles, and his 2004 CD "Then and Now," was in the Top Five and reached platinum status.
Cassidy still thinks of himself as an actor. His credits, from the phenomenal success of "The Partridge Family," also include the telefilm "A Chance to Live," which earned him an Emmy nomination as Best Dramatic Actor.
He went to Broadway, where he starred in the original production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." London beckoned Cassidy, and he starred at the prestigious West End in "Time" with Sir Laurence Olivier. In 1994, he once again broke box-office records in the stunning and highly lauded production of "Blood Brothers" on Broadway, working for the first time with his brother Shaun.
In 1996, Cassidy moved to Las Vegas to star at the MGM Grand in the $75 million extravaganza "EFX." It became the most successful production in Las Vegas. Within four months of opening, the show was voted Best Production Show in Las Vegas, and Cassidy was voted Best All-Around Performer and Best Singer. In 1999, Cassidy was again named Best All-Around Performer, Entertainer of the Year and Show Star of the Year for "The Rat Pack Is Back!" - the first original production paying tribute to the legendary quartet, which he created and produced with Emmy Award-winning writer/producer Don Reo. Simultaneously, Cassidy and Reo created "At the Copa," which Cassidy wrote, co-produced and starred in.
In addition to performing, producing, writing and recording, Cassidy's passion and avocation lie with the thoroughbred horses the breeds and races throughout the country. Cassidy lives in Florida with his wife, songwriter Sue Shifrin-Cassidy, and their 19-year-old son Beau.
David Cassidy is playing for the Alzheimer's Research & Prevention Foundation, an organization that has been working toward the prevention of memory loss since 1993. David has a personal connection to Alzheimer's disease, having taken care of both his grandfather, who suffered from severe Alzheimer's, and his mother, who currently suffers from severe dementia. David believes Alzheimer's disease will be the biggest medical problem the next generation will have to face, and he is passionate about supporting research to find a cure.
1. What got you interested in being on Celebrity Apprentice?
The opportunity to raise money for my charity.
2. How did you get involved with your chosen charity?
My mother has had severe dementia for the past decade.
3. What is it like competing against fellow celebrities?
I hated it. I'm not a competitive person.
4. What about the competition was harder than you might have expected?
The hours. 5:20 in the morning downstairs in the lobby.
5. Do you have a favorite past winner or contestant from the first three seasons of Celebrity Apprentice?
No, I never watched it.
1. What was it like hearing the words "you're fired"?
Given what occurred in the boardroom, and as I have produced numerous TV shows myself, I agreed with Donald Trump's decision for the purposes of compelling reality TV instead of firing Richard Hatch. I thought Jose Canseco and he would probably come to blows or Jose would just strangle him and squash him like a bug. I'm actually interested in seeing what happens myself.
2. What moment or moments on the show were you surprised to see? Were you particularly surprised by anyone's behavior on the show?
Yes, I was surprised that I would bond with Jose Canseco as much as I did. I have tremendous respect for what he put himself through in terms of standing in front of Congress and having everyone in major league baseball accuse him of lying when, in truth, he cleaned up baseball more than any other person has ever done. He is a strong man in both character and physicality and has a tremendous work ethic. Great guy.
3. Do you feel as though you've made any lasting friendships and business relationships on the show? With whom?
One never knows. We shall see.
4. What was the best part of your experience? Why?
I learned how to make pizza from scratch. Now I can make pizza for my family.
5. Do you feel changed in any way by the experience? Has it had a lasting impact on your approach to life?
Changed, yes. I now know that as a non-competitive person who works constantly in concert and as an actor, writer, producer and a musician both on the stage and on TV, reality TV is really not for me. This was my first endeavor in this arena - and probably my last.
6. What has the experience taught you about people?
It reinforces my instinct about professional reality TV contestants. At any cost, they will lie or cheat to win.